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Bear was purchased by WHOI in 1952, after a stint in World War II as a troop carrier and supply vessel in the South Pacific. At WHOI, the vessel made 192 cruises in the western North Atlantic, venturing as far as Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Bear took acoustic, bathymetric, and seismic measurements, and participated in fish observation studies. In 1963 the 103-foot vessel was sold to an East Coast fisherman, and refitted for scalloping. More photos of WHOI vessels, past and present, are featured in the 2012 WHOI wall calendar. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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